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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Dear Jane close up

Here is a closer look at the detail of the quilt and also a better photo of the colours

Dear Jane

Here is my completed Dear Jane quilt on display at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham. The lighting wasn't the best to show off the colours..but I have managed to edit the photo to give you a better idea of the colours.
How long did it take? This quilt has been entirely handmade using the English Paper Piecing method, it has also been hand quilted. So the piecing took me 18 months and the quilting 3 months (about 100hrs for the quilting). It measures 80" square.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Rainbow's End

I started this quilt I realised about 4 years ago and it is only recently that I have made a concerted effort to get all the UFO's - unfinished objects completed. Although I love the colours... I prefer my lighter ones for my bedding and so this will be going off to a friend as a wedding gift after she admired it so much.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Blustery Easter Monday

Taking a bit of time out from housework and realised that I never showed the final result of the spring quilt I made for my friend.
Here it is all complete. It has a light bamboo wadding and a hand quilted finish. My friend was delighted with it.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Springtime comfort

I have had this April Cornell fabric for some time now - I just love the refreshing blues and yellows giving a hint of blue skies and waving daffodils to come. It is however blowing a gale outside with storm Gertrude passing through.

Anyway this quilt is a quick project for a chaplain colleague of mine who has just been widowed for a second time... The week before she retires from her chaplaincy post to the Deaf Community in Somerset.

The psalm quotations were from a fat quarter I bought in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago. I am hoping it will give her a modicum of comfort in what must feel a lonely and empty time.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Allietare - The Reveal

How exciting the past few days have been. Quilting with friends is always a boost to a long days sewing and I had arranged to spend the New Year with my sister.. in anticipation of the 'The Big Reveal'. My sister seems to remember in a past Mystery Quilt... a quick fire finish and so we were ready all week for any extra cutting or piecing in readiness for the final part. However... Bonnie kept us guessing and we had to wait until New Year's Day for the Reveal.

I have a feeling that the time difference suits us in the UK as Bonnie posted at Midnight... which is just before we get up here... so my sister and I were putting our blocks together by 9am (GMT)

Above is my Allietare block which has turned out well.. but I don't seem to have taken a picture of the second block for some reason... I don't think it was quite so pretty.

So after a day and half of sewing I managed to piece the top as follows...

You can see how a greater contrast would change the look of this one... too much grey in my opinion.. but then the fabrics had been a gift from good friends when I moved and I wanted a quilt that would be used in my motorhome which the dog could sit on. This colour scheme suits that purpose. 

Anyway.. Saturday lunchtime meant I had to pack everything up and return home to London as I was working the following day and had some service preparation to do. It has not been until this morning I could add the final borders in readiness for quilting.  Even though I opted to do a half size quilt... this still measures up as just under 70" square!

I didn't go with Bonnie's suggestion of the border choice as because of the pale, muted colours it needed something to bring the quilt together and so I used my brown... of which I only just had enough for the border. I then had a look through my stash to find the green outer border and will complete the quilt with pink binding... when that moment comes.

I always question my sanity when I undertake to do one of Bonnie's mystery quilts - the weeks running up to Christmas are usually very busy when working as an Anglican priest... but I have just about managed it - having caught up with week 4 on Christmas Day and week 5 whilst camping. But I have got there in the end. 

Just planning my quilting scheme... I don't usually have quilts machine quilted but my sister has asked to do this one and the vast range of patterns to choose from is overwhelming. Anyway... I will mark my scallops next and hope to get it in the post to my sister this evening. 

Thank you Bonnie for all your hard work... especially the extra information like the pressing etc. If you want to see everyone else's achievements head Back to Bonnie's page.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Allietare Part 5

It has been an interesting week doing my Mystery Quilt homework.  Since I am having a few days away, I knew I would need to bring all my Mystery Quilt fabric and equipment with me. Fortunately everything sets up conveniently in the motorhome and so today I have been busy getting part 5 done. As you can see my dog Piran has been supporting me - well I was having to sit on his side of the motorhome and so he had no choice!

Here are all the bits I have completed. Yes and I know that my constant seems to vary... but that is how my fabrics are .. not enough on one colour to do as Bonnie has suggested. Anyway... I am confident that the final result will be fine.  Back to Bonnie